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Top five recession-busting tips for prescription medicines (April 2013)
Prescription charges in England rose again at the start of April to £7.85 per item. Paying for prescriptions is a real financial burden to many, so the Royal Pharmaceutical Society has issued five top tips to help patients save money and get the best advice on buying medicines.
RPS 2012 Media Highlights Video (Mar 2013)
The RPS promotes pharmacy and its members in the media. RPS has put together a video showcasing its media highlights for 2012. You can watch it by clicking here and see the range of stories featured. Last year RPS spokespeople appeared on national TV every two weeks, were heard on regional radio once a week and featured in national media (TV, radio, print) around once every three days.
Join the RPS LinkedIn network and stay connected (Nov 2012)
We are now on LinkedIn . If you have a professional LinkedIn profile, you will now be able to follow us and keep in touch with our company news. By following us you will connect to our network of contact and be able to exchange knowledge and opportunities with a broader group of professionals. As the biggest professional network LinkedIn gives you a chance to connect not only to other Society members but also other healthcare professionals.
RPS publishes report on transfer of medicines information between care providers (June 2012)
RPS has issued a report titled “Keeping patients safe when they transfer between care providers: Getting the medicines right” (RPS Transfer of Care Final Report ), which outlines the results of a six-month project involving over 30 healthcare organisations which volunteered to implement RPS guidance on transfer of medicines information. The report calls for improvements to the transfer of information about medicines, and the following recommendations have been made (taken directly from source):
Retired Pharmacists (May 2012)
There is now a Retired Pharmacists Flyer entitled 'Be Involved, Stay in Touch' which sets out the activities and events the Retired Pharmacists Group is organising, and how retired pharmacists can contribute to the RPS and benefit from membership. Many former members of the RPSGB are apparently unaware that they would pay a special reduced retired fee. Please see this flyer and consider rejoining the RPS. There is no administration fee for rejoining. If you know of former members of the RPSGB please give them a copy of the flyer.
RPS Annual General Meeting 2012
12 June 2012 at 6.00pm, Royal Pharmaceutical Society, 1 Lambeth High Street, London
RPS Online - Getting the most from your membership (May 2012)
This RPS Online Worksheet lists suggested resources and features for Pharmacists to find and use on the Royal Pharmaceutical Society website: www.rpharms.com. Pick and choose what you want to find; or have an explore for yourself.
RPS expresses concern that manufacturers by-passing the Traditional Herbal Medicine Registration Scheme (May 2012)
The RPS has marked the first anniversary of the Traditional Herbal Medicine Registration Scheme with a letter in the Times expressing concerns that manufacturers are by-passing the Scheme and selling remedies as food supplements instead. The new scheme was introduced to ensure the safety and quality of medicinal herbs available for self-selection by customers for self-limiting minor ailments. The registration of a herbal product as a traditional herbal medicine guarantees it contains the stated amount of the specified herb and the absence of dangerous adulterants such as heavy metals. Registered herbal medicines must be sold with a patient information leaflet with safety information for customers. Far less stringent safety and quality requirements apply to products sold as herbal food supplements. The RPS believes that regulators and advisory bodies need to be much clearer about rejecting medicines masquerading as food supplements and crack down on manufacturers who are avoiding safety and quality tests on their products. For further information click on this Link
GP Prescribing Errors (May 2012)
General Medical Council report investigating the prevalence and causes of prescribing errors in general practice received extensive news coverage in print, on radio and on TV. The report highlighted that, although in the main GP prescribing was safe, more could be done to improve matters. One of the Society’s key priorities is to make Britain a safer place to take medicines and it took this opportunity to remind the public about the great work that pharmacists do around patient safety and the role you play in reducing errors.
Here are just some of the highlights:
RPS Survey Members on Health and Social Care Bill (Feb 2012)
The English Pharmacy Board has announced a period of further engagement with members about the NHS reforms proposed in England via this survey . Their previous consultation with members showed that the key areas of concern were:
Recently members have approached the RPS with further concerns about the NHS reforms and the Society's approach. We are therefore asking for their views on the impact of these reforms on the profession and patient care, and whether they believe the Society should continue to focus on the areas outlined above.
NHS prescription charges to increase in England from April 1st 2012
The government has announced an increase in prescription charges in England by 25p to £7.65 from 1 April. The cost of a prescription payment certificate (PPC), which is valid for three months, will remain at £29.10 and the price of an annual PPC will be remain at £104.
RPS criticises the rise in Prescription Charges
What is the LPF Leadership Network? (Jan 2012)
The LPF Leadership Network is a new network for 2012 of local pharmacy leaders from across the Royal Pharmaceutical Society's (RPS) membership. As a collective voice at a local level, this provides its members with the opportunity to: Share best practice with other local leaders; engage with each other steering groups on common goals and challenges faced when running a LPF; influence the national agendas from a local perspective. The LPF Leadership network will also enable the RPS to directly share the latest developments at a local leadership level and provide more direct support to those members who are working hard for other local members.
RPS launches report on involving patients in decision-making about their medicines (Dec 2011)
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has launched the report ‘Involvement, Shared Decision-Making and Medicines’ by Professor Alan Cribb, which focuses on joint decision-making between professionals and patients. The paper raises the need of greater clarity about the range of different purposes and agendas in the area of medicines and patient involvement. For further information click on this Link
New Accreditation Service (July 2011)
RPS have recently launched a new Accreditation Service for events, training courses and materials which meet our high standards and commitment to medicines management and patient care. Healthcare professionals attending RPS accredited events and courses and using our accredited materials (carrying the RPS accredited logo pictured left) will know they are accessing resources that have undergone rigorous quality assurance by external reviewers with expertise in the subject matter. Click to read more about our Accreditation Service.
Medicines, Ethics and Practice, edition 35 (July 2011)
The latest Medicines, Ethics and Practice, edition 35, is now available. RPS members should have received their free hard copy. Make the most of MEP by using the online version, which also includes a new improved legal classification of medicines database as well as an A-Z list of all available guidance related to the topic. Visit MEP Online
Society launches transfer of care campaign (July 2011)
The Society has launched a high profile campaign to improve the transfer of medicines information when patients move between care settings.
RPS produces quick reference guide on how to use the BNF
RPS has produced a quick reference guide that aims to provide a roadmap for pharmacists on where to look in the BNF for information. The guide can be accessed via this Link (available to members only) and looks at:
• How is the information in the BNF structured?
• What information can I find in the “Guidance on Prescribing” section?
• What does the “Emergency Treatment of Poisoning” section cover?
• How is information in the section “Notes on Clinical Conditions, Drugs and Preparations” arranged?
• What are prescribing notes?
• What information can I find in a drug monograph?
• What information is contained in the appendices and indices?
• What symbols are used in the BNF?
• Where to go for further information
RPS launches “ipharmacist.me”
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has launched “ipharmacist.me”, an online resource for pharmacy based health campaigns, providing information about RPS health campaigns, medicines, and pharmacy. For further information click on: Link
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On 27th September 2010, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society shed its regulatory function to become the new professional leadership body for pharmacists and pharmacy in England, Scotland and Wales.
The Society has a proud heritage which the new RPS will continue to build on as it moves forward. Our members' interests will be the core of all our activities and we will work hard to unite the profession and ensure the views of the membership are heard at every level. As the only dedicated professional body for all pharmacists in Great Britain, we are committed to supporting our members and empowering them to make a real difference to patient care.
Our new structure, of elected national Pharmacy Boards, will ensure we remain closely connected to devolved healthcare policy and practice in all the countries, whilst the Assembly will develop strategic initiatives that are GB-wide.
Pharmacists make a vital contribution to the health of the nation. We will work in close collaboration with them and other health professions to ensure members can develop to their maximum potential and improve health outcomes for their patients.
Commenting on the launch of the new body, the Pharmacy Minister Earl Howe said: "A strong professional voice is essential for realising our vision of clinically-led healthcare services. The Royal Pharmaceutical Society will be an important partner in the future for developing our policy on pharmacy and medicines.
"Your profession has always been linked to the twin drivers of innovation and patient safety and I look forward to working with you in this new era of your professional leadership role."
Following the publication in 2007 of the Government White Paper Trust, Assurance and Safety - The Regulation of Health Professionals in the 21st Century, the Society has worked towards the demerger of its regulatory and professional roles. This has seen the establishment of a new General Pharmaceutical Council and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society as Pharmacy's new professional leadership body.
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